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I popped down to Peterborough for the classic bike show at the showground. No photos of the ride or the bike, but here's John McGuinness in stage.

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Lilydale, Warburton, Reefton Spur, Marysville Eildon Jamieson and return thru the Blacks Spur, 460 Kays round trip,
Eildon - Jamieson road is 63 Kays of magic continous twistys, Twice makes it, 126 Kays of tite twistys,
Reefton Spur is about 70 Kays of Twistys,
Black spur is 20 kays of twistys,

Magic day for it, 25 Celcius,
 

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We left Warby at 10-00 AM as the group riding from Emerald were in thick fog and couldnt see the road,
 

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No ride to speak of today, my Blackbird is sat outside in the rain :thumbd:

Finished repairing and MOT'd my VFR yesterday and today during my lunchbreak though, and posted for sale. I'll be sorry to see her go :crap:

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You virtually went passed my front door on that route TWU. Shame the vfr is going. Just checked the ad out, lot of bike for the money.
 

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That's a very fine road to have outside your front door! I imagine you make the most of it...

The VFR is a great bike, and that one has done me proud (and had a load of money poured into it) - I don't really want to sell it. I just can't justify the cost of two motorcycles though. Yup, someone will get a very fine motorbike for a damn good price.

For some reason, I couldn't stop exiting multiple corners today sideways... Not a great first impression of my new tyres, as whilst I was going fairly swiftly, I didn't feel I was being indelicate with the throttle, yet kept spinning the rear. Gave one driver cause for concern when they witnessed it coming the other way - I think he thought he was about to see something ugly! The bike is surprisingly well-mannered though under loss of traction for a heavy-ish creature. Still - fresh, warmed-up rubber normally sticks better. Back to Michelins next time I guess...
 

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That's a very fine road to have outside your front door! I imagine you make the most of it...

The VFR is a great bike, and that one has done me proud (and had a load of money poured into it) - I don't really want to sell it. I just can't justify the cost of two motorcycles though. Yup, someone will get a very fine motorbike for a damn good price.

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I have a VFR as well (2000 in red) also had a shed load spent on it. Ill never sell it, been a good bike with loads of character. Its probably worth £1800? not worth selling. Plus you cant beat the sound of a V4 being wound up. You should here my NC30 14500 red line :D

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Hey Thiswayup, you are going to miss the VFR, it's a great looking bike you have, think twice or more before selling it.

Over the years I've had two VFR750's, sold both and regretted doing so almost immediately. As the VFR bug never really left, I've now replaced them with a VFR800X Crossrunner (new model) as second bike and am loving it, both for the ride and its low, flat wail as it goes through VTEC around 7,000.

I also regularly ride the open roads around Minehead, Lynmouth, Porlock and Exmoor etc, but from the Weston super Mare direction. Great on any bike including the VFR.

If you can, try to hold on to the VFR. Very few of us can really justify having the number of bikes we keep in the garage, but wouldn't be without any of them.
 

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I'm nearly there now, Bird for the touring and speed factor, NC for sheer fun and the VFR for memories. Now looking for a 250 single cylinder old school trail bike although wouldn't mind an old Africa Twin and that's it (i think).

My username says 3 VFRs. I've updated it but it hasn't changed? Sold one so 2 (one in bits)
 

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Ah, damn am I jealous of you multiple-bike-owners!

Yeah, I hear you - I'm gonna miss it. There's nothing quite like that V4 thing... If there's a finer way to power a motorcycle, I don't believe it's yet been invented.

When I finished fixing her up ( the last step was a new footpeg hanger) I couldn't resist a little spin down the road and back once warmed up. After a month of getting accustomed to the straight four of the Blackbird (and all it has to offer), the V4 growl you get winding a VFR open made me grin like a loon and seriously question whether I wanted to part with it.

Thing is - I passed my bike test 9 years ago not really knowing what I wanted to get, other than knowing I wanted a bike of course. All the advise I trusted on the subject suggested "buy a Honda - they just know how to make them properly". Ok I thought, I will. I went straight from CBT to Direct access, and I'm tall, so predictably the suggestions were a Transalp or a Dominator. Both fine no doubt within their intended purpose, but I wanted a bike because, well, I wanted one! Meaning I didn't really need one (already having a car), but wanted it for enjoyment's sake, and none of the suggestions really held any appeal for me at all.

So, I went and bought a '91 VFR750. It was scruffy, the fairing was in terrible shape and it had had a hard life, but it was such a creature! Fast (too fast for my beginners ways, but it forgave me all my mistakes without getting me killed), rode beautifully, exceptionally well put together, and the engine was a peach of a thing. Cost me about £800 and taught me how to ride.

It was killed by a truck driver reversing into, then partially over it whilst I was at work. I replaced it with a '98 VFR800, which I would still have had it not met an unpleasant end when a driver coming the other way lost control and nearly killed me along with my poor bike. That was replaced by the VFR800 that I'm about to part with - So, VFRs are all I've ever owned in 9 years of riding! They're fantastic bikes, no question, but sooner or later you come to think that you ought to get some variety in there somewhere...

Perhaps I'll live to regret it. I was surprised by just how much the Blackbird is a different experience. Part of me was hoping for a big VFR with bottomless power, but it's a different animal altogether, with entirely its own character. Who knows, maybe after a few years I'll yet V4 withdrawal and need to swap back. I missed that howling exhaust and gear-driven cam whine as soon as I opened the throttle again! I know I'd miss the BB's soaring top-end though. Maybe a VFR1200? Maybe I need a better paid job!
 
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